Visual artworks depicting the exploits of historical heroes and legends are included in the Stories and Histories subject of art. This contains stories such as folktales and saints' lives that have existed and been used for generations. These paintings often show individuals who have done something remarkable (e.g., saved someone from drowning), and as a result, they have become symbols or icons for others to emulate.
Other subjects include religious art, which includes depictions of Jesus, God, and other religious figures; portrait art, which consists of images of famous people from history or current events; and landscape art, which shows places where events in history have taken place or things notable about the location where the painting is found.
Art has had many forms over time. From ancient times until very recently, most art was done on wood, using tools such as knives and axes to create pictures that were then displayed for others to see. Around 790 AD, another medium was introduced into Europe when oil paint was brought from Asia by way of Iraq or Egypt. Since then, oil paint has remained the most common medium for artists to express themselves.
People began asking artists to draw them instead of doing it themselves around 1750. Before this time, drawings were made with pen and ink, but after this time they were made with pencils that used wood or bone handles.
Artwork frequently tells a story. Artists can convey a narrative in a variety of ways, such as by utilizing a succession of photographs to represent different times in a tale, or by picking a key moment to symbolize the entire story. Narrative works are frequently used to depict well-known historical, religious, legendary, or mythic stories. These stories often include characters who struggle with understanding their place in the world or who must make difficult decisions about how to act.
Narratives can also be found in more recent events. For example, American artist Edward Hopper painted eight series of pictures between 1947 and 1957 called "Nighthawks". Each picture is a single character sitting at a sidewalk café near midnight, drinking coffee and looking out at the city scene below. The all-night diner is a familiar one for Americans; it is where people go to get a bite to eat and meet up with friends or family members. But what makes these particular scenes so memorable is that nobody is happy - not even the man eating a sandwich. His expression shows he is not enjoying his meal, and this feeling is mirrored by the expressions on the faces of everyone else at the table. It is believed that Hopper intended to create a sense of depression and loneliness, two emotions associated with human suffering and spirituality.
Another example of an influential modern narrative artist is Jackson Pollock.
Narrative art is any work of art that tells a narrative. Until the twentieth century, much of Western art was narrative, showing stories from religion, myth and legend, history, and literature (see history painting). Modern artists use different techniques to convey information about the world around us and the people in it.
Narrative art is sometimes used interchangeably with epic poetry, but they are not identical. An epic poem is a long narrative poem that deals with many events or subjects over a large number of lines. A narrative artist may choose to include some poetic elements in her work, such as metaphors or allusions, but primarily it is used to describe a picture that tells a story.
There are many types of narrative art. Some examples are paintings, drawings, sculptures, graphic designs, and even written works of fiction and non-fiction.
Paintings are a common form of narrative art. A painter uses tools such as brushes, pens, and markers to create images on a surface - usually canvas or wood - that later can be viewed by someone else. Paintings tell us about other places, times, and people who have lived before us and will live after us. They also provide information about how things look, feel, and sound.
Such paintings are referred to as "story painting." A narrative painting is one that conveys a tale via its imagery. Images from religion, mythology, history, literature, or everyday life are frequently shown. A photograph of a person sitting serenely against a backdrop, for example, does not tell a captivating story. But what if that same photo were to show that person gazing out at the viewer with an intense look in his or her eyes? Or what if it showed that person lying dead on a hospital bed? In each case, different elements come together to create a more complete picture that tells a story.
Narrative art is popular among artists because it allows them to express their ideas and feelings through visual images instead of just words. No two stories are ever told exactly the same way, which means that no two narratives are ever painted exactly the same way. This is why narrative art is such a powerful medium; it can convey so much information about an artist's thoughts and feelings without being verbose or dull.
Many great artists have used narrative art to great effect, including Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Cézanne, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol.
In conclusion, narrative art is any piece of art that tells a story.